Why Santorum’s Religion Matters
Santorum’s religion is and should be an issue in this election. And before you all accuse me of being a religious bigot, let me point out that I don’t think any other candidate’s religion is an issue. True, I think the fact Romney wears magical underwear is weird, but magical underwear isn’t going to impact his ability to be a good President. Santorum’s beliefs, on the other hand, will. Here’s why.
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Why Humanism matters
This past week British comedian Stephen Fry came out officially as a Humanist. He has been well known as a non-believer and a supporter of Humanism for years, but this week he officially joined the British Humanist Association as a distinguished supporter.
When asked why he said that “At a time when the achievements of the enlightenment are questioned, ridiculed, misunderstood and traduced by those who would reverse the progress of mankind, it is essential to nail one’s colours to the mast as a humanist.”
He is absolutely right. Because we are living in a time when the ideals of Humanism are under explicit attack from close minded ideologues, we who hold Humanist values and ideals have an obligation to stand up and declare ourselves as Humanist. If we don’t stand up for those values, who will?
To learn more about why Stephen Fry is a Humanist – click here.
Caricatures and Politics
Ok – so charges of racism are flying in the current political debate. Here is why I think this is a non-issue. First, it isn’t news that there are still some incredibly bigoted people living in America. Second, caricatures of political officials are normal in politics. Jimmy Carter was portrayed as a stupid southern hick as a way to show how idiotic his policies were. Reagan was portrayed as an actor/puppet who was only good at delivering someone else’s lines. Clinton was a lying philanderer who couldn’t be trusted. Bush Jr was a trust fund kid who only got into college as a legacy and not on his own merits. And now we have Obama who is a black radical socialist who hangs out with terrorists and is most likely Muslim and not even a real American. Ok, so the caricatures of Obama are a bit harsher and more severe then the way we caricatured our other presidents. But still, if McCain had won, he would have been a dottering old fool. And if Hillary had won we would have been treated to every anti-feminist stereotype imaginable. My point is that Obama is The President – of course his opposition is trying to portray him as a negative caricature!
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The biggest irony of Joe Wilson’s, Rep of South Carolina, outburst
during the joint session of congress the other day is that he could have been
a bit of a hero to everyone. I am not saying that what he did was okay by any
stretch of the imagination. Interrupting the President during a joint session
is just plain rude. It’s just that he called Obama a liar when Obama was speaking
the truth. If, however, he had called Obama a liar when he was telling us that
the plan was debt neutral, a claim no one believes, we could all at least have
understood his frustration. Instead, he looks like an idiot. All because lying
about whether or not someone else is lying is just bad form anyway you look